In Sam Amato’s latest exhibition two themes that have interested him in recent years have merged to inspire his latest series. Amato has been combining his observations of nature and views of his garden with his pursuit of the spiritual as has been seen in his paintings representing Buddhist holy figures. Amato approaches his new flower paintings as if they are mystical mandalas, spiritual objects worthy of meditation. And, while his paintings suggest the quiet and intimacy of meditation, at the same time they burst with the power of nature and the universe. Although long known as a figurative painter, he has always used elements of abstract painting’s vocabulary. In his current series he flirts with abstraction more than any time in the past, quite successfully walking the line between figuration and abstraction.